This summer the Cabrillo Festival returns for its 53rd season. From August 2-16, Santa Cruz will become a nexus of creativity as Marin Alsop and the amazing Festival Orchestra, 12 composers in residence and 5 international guest artists come together once again for an incredible festival dedicated to contemporary music.
Over the course of two weeks the festival presents orchestral and chamber music concerts and dozens of activities designed to educate, entertain and engage a community of listeners and performers. Cabrillo Festival is America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music, led by Marin who has been Music Director since 1992.
This year the Cabrillo Festival takes audiences on a journey across the globe – presenting composers and soloists from the US, China, Mexico, England, Scotland, Canada and Norway – in a spectacular season featuring one world premiere, three US premieres and seven West Coast premieres.
The twelve composers-in-residence are Mason Bates, Sebastian Currier, Charles Halka, Ana Lara, Hannah Lash, David T. Little, Huang Ruo, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Jonathan Newman, Sean Shepherd and Nathaniel Stookey. Also on the program are works by Philip Glass, James MacMillan, Christopher Rouse and Joby Talbot.
The Festival’s roster of guest artists this year includes Colin Currie (percussion), Tim Fain (violin), Matt Haimovitz (cello), Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet), The Kronos Quartet, Nathaniel Stookey (narrator) and Wu Wei (sheng).
In addition to the featured evening concerts, the Festival continues its tradition of hosting open rehearsals, pre-rehearsal talks, and the Conductors/Composers Workshop, a professional training program focusing on the creation and performance of new music.
For over five decades the Cabrillo Festival has seen top contemporary composers flock to Santa Cruz to share their compositions with a dedicated orchestra and an enthusiastic, eager audience. The Festival is a preeminent force in new music, both nationally and internationally and has become “a summer mecca for musician and a premier musical destination for audiences” (San Jose Mercury News).
Visit the Cabrillo Festival website to see full details of what this year’s festival has to offer! Tickets go on sale in June, but advance ticket ordering begins in early May. Click here to join the mailing list and be the first to receive the festival brochure.